After a grumpy day yesterday (I think top of the list of ‘how to help your friend if she loses a child’ should be ‘if she says the day is starting happy, she’ll crash within an hour and needs hourly moral boosts and love all day’) I wanted to do better today. The sun was shining and the garden looked… well, scraggy, to be honest. I thought it was time to get out there and get my hands dirty.
I got one hand dirty, as it happened, because I could only find one gardening glove, but I did good stuff too and finished the day with a feel good feeling in my soul.
Although we did try to do some garden stuff last year, we ran out of steam and heart for it in the Autumn and the veg pots never got cleared and the beds never got tidied. Today I mostly pruned and pulled and weeded and cleared up, ably assisted by Josie, who was keen to help. She’s a very Montessori child that one, I ought to make more of an effort to do special things with her.
It all looks a bit bare just now, but in a few weeks, I’m hoping it will be coming to life. I think I’m going to be like Mary in The Secret Garden this year, tending flowers to stop my soul from breaking. But I don’t mind that. I haven’t resorted to cat ownership yet, so there is still hope.
Imagine our surprise to uncover perhaps 2lbs of carrots in a forgotten pot!
And by the end of the day my scruffy patio looked like this…
…with the veg pots all ready for growing and the bed were weeded and Max and I had talked ‘raised beds’ with a view to doing a bit more about our living a little less on the grid plan.
A few weeks ago I left a comment over at Tales From the Village and last week I got an email from the lovely chaps at Appliances Online, offering me a Fairy Blog Brother parcel of delights. On Saturday I got two parcels full of seeds – flowers and vegetables to grow in our garden this year! It put a huge grin on my face (and the faces of the girls!) to get a present and I know they will not only make our garden look great this year but inspire us to get out there and grow food and work on it together. So thank you to them for such a thoughtful gift.
And here’s the great bit – if you leave a comment and a link to your blog below, you might just find yourself getting a little present too! (And please don’t be shy, they seem to really like giving presents and don’t seem to mind you dropping hints either 😆 )